Herald Journal Columns
Oct. 14, 2002
Pastor's Column

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By Rev. Robert Hellmann
St. Paul's and Trinity Lutheran, Montrose

Look at that %#$&$#@% go!. Get outa my face, you #*%&$*#. Ouch!! @&$%#$# hammer.

Do you really want God to send your spouse, child, parent, friend, boss, employee, or even your hammer to hell? When you curse, that's exactly what you are asking God to do.

Of course, people will try to explain away their cursing by saying "it's just salty language used to make a point" or "everyone does it" or "we all get a little aggravated once in a while."

But, did you know that you are putting yourself in great danger when you curse someone? That's because God outlaws cursing in the Second Commandment: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God." (Exodus 20:7)

To show He is serious, He adds, "The Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." No doubt about it. Cursing is a sin.

What is the great danger that cursing (as well as every other sin) puts all of us in? Every single one of us is sinful, so every single one of us is under the curse of the law. This means that God's law condemns us to eternal punishment for our cursing and other sins. This is not just bad news ­ it is the worst, most horrible news of all.

But, here is the best news of all: "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us." (Galatians 3:13)

The law curses us with punishment for our sins. Jesus stepped in and took this curse (punishment) on Himself in our place. The curse is removed. By faith in Jesus we have forgiveness and the free gift of eternal life.

Since you are saved from the curse of the law, should you keep on cursing others? Absolutely not.

Instead, use your mouth to praise God. "Bless and do not curse." (Romans 12:14) Instead of cursing others, pray for them, help them, and wish them well.

Of course vulgar, crude, and obscene talk is also sinful. "Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving." (Ephesians 5:4 ) Jesus died to take those sins away, too.

Lord, we bring our sins of cursing and crude talk to you. Forgive all our sins through Jesus our Savior. Help us always to speak what is clean, holy and right in your eyes. Amen.

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